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National Book Awards: Susan Choi wins fiction award for Trust Exercise

Queer writer Edmund White was also honored with a medal for distinguished contribution to American letters Susan Choi has won the fiction prize at the National Book Awards in New York on Wednesday...

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Simon Armitage: ‘Nature has come back to the centre of poetry’

The poet laureate’s new prize for a collection that focuses on the environment highlights a crisis that can no longer be ignored, plus an exclusive new poemPoet laureate Simon Armitage is to use his...

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Poem of the week: Harvest by Isabel Galleymore

Carefully sown observations from nature grow swiftly into a classic ‘ecopoem’ HarvestFor Frances After stripping the branches of berries the robin held a handful of seeds in her stomach: the robin...

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George the Poet: I rejected MBE over 'pure evil' of British empire

Spoken word artist says UK must take steps to mitigate consequences of colonial era The spoken word artist George the Poet has said he was offered an MBE but turned it down because of the “pure evil”...

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That Reminds Me by Derek Owusu review – defies categorisation

A poem-memoir of a Ghanaian boy’s harrowing London childhood is moving and braveDerek Owusu’s That Reminds Me is not quite poetry. It defies categorisation: neither, strictly speaking, a memoir nor, as...

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Debut author of Queenie caps success with Costa prize shortlisting

Candice Carty-Williams, who began writing to improve representation of black British characters in fiction, joins 19 other authors contending for prestigious book of the year honour Candice...

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Clive James, writer, broadcaster and TV critic, dies aged 80

James died at his home in Cambridge on Sunday almost 10 years after his first terminal diagnosis ‘A wisecracking literary phenomenon’: Robert McCrum on Clive James Clive James, the broadcaster, poet...

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Clive James on Trump, War and Peace – and furry bears

From meeting the Queen to his thoughts on Jeremy Corbyn’s beard, here are some choice cuts from the writer’s column in Guardian Weekend magazine Clive James dies, aged 80 On War and Peace On a shelf...

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Clive James obituary

Writer, poet and critic who found fame as a presenter of TV shows such as Saturday Night Clive Clive James, writer, broadcaster and TV critic, dies aged 80 The writer and broadcaster Clive James, who...

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Sad loss of Clive James and Jonathan Miller – modest, witty, intellectual...

Readers remember warmth, talent and self-deprecating humourIn a world increasingly populated by charlatans and idiots, we have just lost two outstanding intelligent, funny and talented individuals in...

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'Natural genius is to be respected': inside Cleveland's space for teen poets

Intergenerational incubator and creative writing program Twelve Literary Arts seeks to to inspire young people to participate in democracy “Hey y’all, I’m Tai,” 15-year-old Tai-Charle’ Walker says into...

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For Clive James, a sense of humour was just good manners

An exemplary critic, Clive laughed hard at himself and embraced his readers in their common failings Clive James never failed to get a joke. Or to go on to make a better one. This wasn’t because he was...

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Best books of 2019

Need help with what to read or gift this Christmas? Our critics pick the best novels, poetry, sports, memoirs and children’s books of the year Bernardine Evaristo, Lee Child and more pick the best...

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Best poetry of 2019

In a year of political uncertainty, acclaimed collections have tackled racism, authoritarianism and masculinity with great grace and beauty. Sandeep Parmar shares her favourites Best books of 2019:...

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John Boyega: I’m not sure forgetfulness was in the Star Wars script | Rebecca...

That’s the last thing studio heads wanted – the script of the film turning up on eBayFor a couple of days, it was the new Game of Thrones coffee cup. Last week JJ Abrams, the director of the eagerly...

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Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens review – this stirring tribute is...

With insight from those closest to him, this moving film celebrates the great poet’s life and extraordinary works I thought about Seamus Heaney and the Music of What Happens (BBC Two) long after the...

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The best books of 2019 – picked by the year’s best writers

From The Testaments to a tale of British imperial looting, the winners and runners-up of this year’s most coveted literary awards pick their three favourite titles of 2019 Continue reading...

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Clive James: the last interview

Two months before his death, the broadcaster, poet and critic spoke about his own mortalityJournalists shouldn’t interview people they know, or even (I think) acquaintances with whom they’re friendly....

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The Guardian view on truth and art: fiction as a guide | Editorial

Ambiguity and complexity – Keats’s ‘negative capability’ – are missing from our world today In a letter of 1817, John Keats wrote: “It struck me what quality went to form a Man of Achievement,...

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Time Lived, Without Its Flow by Denise Riley review – captive to the present...

A grieving mother’s account of life after her son’s death is exquisitely expressed This small, blue hardback, with lines of gold coursing down its front cover, might – from the outside – be mistaken...

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